We are in the the middle of a Rainbow Stag bonanza. We have just had a large number of captive bred Rainbow Stag Beetles (Phalacrognathus muelleri) arrive from our breeder for sale in our online Bug Shop and for use in our education programs.

Rainbow stag beetle wild

It also seems to be the year for these amazing beetles in the wild as for the first time since moving to Kuranda in 2010 we have seen three wild specimens – all in the last week! One flew to our light sheet and the one pictured below flew into our neighbour’s bedroom! Although not as large as some of the captive bred specimens we have, it’s great to see these wild beetles turning up. It certainly indicates they are doing quite well in the local rainforest.

Rainbow Stag
Some of the captive bred Rainbow Stag Beetles we raise

Check out our beetle collection

Learn more about Beetles

Our book details each crawling invertebrate family and how to keep them as pets

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